Whakairo - Carving

Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art

  • Level 7
  • 3 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

The art of the carver was and still is something to be revered and sought after. On this programme you can develop a rich traditional body of knowledge while also earning the academic recognition of the modern world and the career opportunities that come with it.

Imagine the satisfaction you'll feel standing next to tekoteko or poupou you've carved. Follow in the footsteps of your tūpuna, and learn how whakairo can enrich your life and the life of your whānau.

Become a kaitiaki of the art of whakairo.


You'll learn about:

  • mātauranga Māori relating to whakairo
  • Māori language and tikanga
  • creative processes
  • research, writing and presentation skills along with academic conventions
  • reflective practice, analysis, critique and synthesis.

You'll know how to:

  • apply the principles of whakairo design and production
  • maintain your carving tools
  • explain your creative processes
  • articulate the meanings behind your work
  • use academic conventions to discuss your work
  • research
  • reflect critically on your work and the work of others.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to apply to enrol in our master's programme, He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge or other postgraduate programmes.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be well equipped to be a practising carver or to work in:

  • gallery and exhibition work - exhibition design, curatorial work, front of house
  • teaching and arts facilitation
  • community-based practitioner - wholistic work with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori.

How you'll study:

This programme uses a blended delivery method that includes:

  • face-to-face learning
  • tutorials
  • self-directed and/or directed learning
  • noho.

Entry criteria

You'll need to provide evidence of your readiness to study at a degree level. This might be through:

  • successful completion of Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Visual Arts Level 4
  • NCEA Level 2
  • a level 4 arts qualification of 120 credits
  • a creative portfolio and CV detailing experience.

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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